Board of Directors

The Willamalane Board of Directors is composed of five volunteer members elected by Springfield registered voters.  Each board member serves a four-year, “at large” (serves an entire area rather than a specific area) term of office.

To contact the Board, please send an email to   Please note, emails sent to elected officials are considered public records.
Click here to view board meeting information

Budget Committee Meeting & Hearing for Fiscal Year 2022 
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.   This meeting will be held by virtual means only.  Click here to join the meeting.
A second meeting will be held on May 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. if more time is needed to discuss the budget.
Please contact Jo Schutte at (541) 736-4002 or if you have questions or require accommodations to fully participate in the meeting.

Budget Documents: Coming May 14, 2021

The following public legal notice will be published in The Register-Guard next week:

 A public meeting of the Budget Committee of Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Lane County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for fiscal year July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 will be held virtually due to the global pandemic and social distancing requirements.  The meeting will take place on May 19, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. by virtual means. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and public comment on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place.  Any person may attend the meeting to discuss the proposed program with the Budget Committee.  Please join the meeting by clicking on this link: 3/19/21 WPRD Budget Committee Meeting Link.   A second meeting will be held on May 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. if more time is needed to discuss the budget.

 A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 14, 2021 at or by emailing Please call for questions or if you require accommodations to fully participate in the meeting: (541) 736-4002 or

Public Board Meetings & Work Sessions

Public board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in August) and work sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, as needed.   Meetings and work sessions begin at 6 pm virtually until further notice.  All meetings and work sessions are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Please call (541) 736-4002 to make arrangements.    

Upcoming Board Meetings & Work Sessions

Date Location Time
May 12, 2021 - Regular Meeting Virtual  6 p.m.
May 19, 2021 Budget Committee Meeting & Hearing Virtual 5:30
June 9, 2021 - Regular Meeting Virtual  6 p.m.
July 14, 2021 TBD  6 p.m.
No Meeting in August N/A  6 p.m.


Meet the Board of Directors

Portrait of man with gray hair, his name is Greg JamesPresident Greg James (Term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023)  was appointed to the board in 2003. Greg was born in Springfield and prides himself on being a multi-generational Springfield citizen. Greg attended Springfield High School, Lane Community College, Portland Community College, and Linfield College and holds his Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) professional certification. Besides serving as the longest-standing member of the Willamalane Board, Greg serves/has served on many local boards and committees including; Lane Council of Governments Board of Directors; Lane Council of Governments Executive Committee; Springfield Planning Commission 2010-2018; Springfield Development Code Update Project Technical Advisory Committee; Springfield Development Advisory Committee; Springfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee; Springfield Tomorrow Committee Chairperson 2005. He enjoys playing guitar and taking bicycle rides and hikes along the wonderful Willamalane paths/trails with his wife Brenda, two grown children and their spouses, and three young grandchildren. Term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023.

board-directors-denise-beanVice President Denise Bean (Term: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2021)  joined the board in 2011. Denise first came to Springfield in 1969 and as a child, she enjoyed many of the Willamalane programs including 4th-grade swim lessons.  She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and opened her business, Bean Counter Tax Services in Springfield in 1990.  In 2014 Denise was awarded “Business Person of the Year” at the Springfield Chamber Awards Banquet.  Denise has served Springfield as a Planning Commissioner, Board Member of the Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation, the Main Street Design Committee,  the Willamalane Budget Committee, Springfield Rotary, Past President of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Greeters, as well as a past treasurer of Thurston Elementry PTA, and past Board Member of Oregon Society of Enrolled Agents (IRS).  In 2010 Denise worked with a group of outstanding citizens to start Springfield City Club because she believes informed, involved citizens create a healthy vibrant community.  Denise enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and grown children Jacob and Olivia.  In addition to Willamalane, her passions are leading hikes with our local Obsidian Hiking Club, playing her piano, and traveling the world. Term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023.

board-directors-lee-beyerDirector Lee Beyer (Term July 1, 2017-June 30, 2021) was elected to the board in 2005. He moved to Springfield from Nebraska when he was 16 years old.  He graduated from Springfield High School and the University of Oregon with a BS in Management. Lee has served as a Springfield City Councilor and currently serves as Springfield's state senator. He enjoys walking, biking, reading, and watching movies. Lee and his wife, Terry, have three adult children.

board-directors-chris-wigDirector Chris Wig (Term July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023) was elected to the Willamalane Board in 2019. He works at Emergence Addiction and Behavioral Therapies, where he serves as the Director of the Focus Treatment Court program and is licensed as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II) and Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA). He received his undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Toronto and his master’s degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Chris and his fiance Celine love living in Springfield, and on the weekends you can find them enjoying coffee at the Washburne Cafe or walking Willamalane's 29 miles of paths and trails.

board-directors-renee-jonesDirector Renee Jones (Term July 1, 2019-June 30, 2021) was elected to the board in 2019. She grew up in Eugene and received degrees from North Eugene High School and Lane Community College.  She has served on the Willamalane Park Foundation, the Willamalane Budget Committee, the LCC English as a Second Language Advisory Board, the SMART Reading Advisory Board, and the BRING Home and Garden Tour planning committee.  Renee and her husband Scott have four adult children and two dogs and enjoy spending time in the beautiful outdoors.


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